Midnight's Children is a gloriously rich, sprawling story, told by a persuasive narrator, who has magical powers and a most inventive grasp of the truth. Our hero Saleem Sinai was born to a wealthy Indian family in Bombay, or so we are led to believe. The story he tells has many sleights of hand along the way!
Midnight's Children is a gloriously rich, sprawling story, told by a persuasive narrator, who has magical powers and a most inventive grasp of the truth. Our hero Saleem Sinai was born to a wealthy Indian family in Bombay, or so we are led to believe. The story he tells has many sleights of hand along the way! less
“Well-executed with commendable performances which capture the essence of Rushdie's novel. Midnight's Children is worth a watch.”
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A commendable adaptation, one that does full justice to the rather complex literature of Rushdie, Midnight's Children is a sweepingly shot epic that presents startling ideas with an inherent sensitivity.
Swapped at birth due to a misguided attempt by a conflicted nurse, a street-singer's son (Saleem) finds himself in a priviliged household, while the one destined for the riches (Shiva) suffers an impoverished upbringing which makes him an unresonably domineering and a bitter person.
These two lives are parallelled with crucial political events of the country - one particular is that of the Emergency where the entire country literally plunges into total darkness.
Along with the technical fineese, Mehta very well adapts to Rushdies's much debated use of magic-realism and comes out with exceptional resuts.
On a finer level, Midnight's Children is also a lot about unfulfilled aspirations, the necessity of love, and the lack of it, and also about troubled father-son relationships. Oddly, it fits well with the political uncertainity of a nation freshly out of colonialism, and the prompt loss of nationalistic idealism post-independence.
It is very hard to specifically define what gives so much soul to the narrative. Is it the voiceover narration by the novel's author that lends it a greater degree of passion, or the evocative performances which reflect hopes, dreams, melancholia, search for identity with equal abuncance ? Perhaps it is the collective force - both the enactments and the over-verbose narration which is punctuated with a soulful soundtrack.
In particular, Shahana Goswami is absolutely phenomenal in her part, while Rajat Kapoor is predictably brilliant, and so is Rahul Bose, Shabana Azmi and Ronit Roy. Darsheel Safary, again, portrays his part (that of a young Saleem), with great accuracy.
Overall, fans of Rushdie will be delighted while the ones who haven't followed his writing will appreciate the aesthetically inspiring film.